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Why do I celebrate Hanukkah? As a follower of Messiah, I celebrate Hanukkah because that’s what my Master did.
10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. (JHN 10:22-23 KJV)
Exodus 40:17 states that the original Mishkan was consecrated and dedicated in Nisan, which is in the Spring.
1 Kings 8:2 and 66, as well as 2 Chronicles 7:8-10 describe the dedication of the First Temple at Sukkot, which is in the Fall.
Hanukkah is the Winter dedication festival in Israel and in Judaism.
David H. Stern makes it crystal clear in his translation:
10:22 Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, 23 and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo’s Colonnade. (JHN 10:22-23 CJB)
Hannah and her sons willingly died for their love of the LORD’s Torah. The Kohen Mattathias and his sons fought to keep Israel free of idolatry, cleanse the Temple and combat assimilation into Greek culture and a life of sin. They challenged their fellow Jews to repent and turn back to the LORD and serve only Him. Mattathias and Hannah, Priest and Israelite and their children after them, dedicated themselves wholly to the Most High and through them, He brought salvation to Israel and set the stage for Messiah’s coming and redemptive work.
Mattathias’ sons were Priests who became a dynasty of kings in Israel. They reclaimed the Temple and formed alliances to maintain sovereignty so they could serve their Maker without interference from outsiders. Their activities eventually put Israel in subjection to Rome and also brought Herod and Caiaphas, the wicked King and corrupt High Priest into power. Luke 2 tells us that Emperor Augustus called for the census which brought Yosef and Miriam back to Bethlehem of Judea so Yeshua could be born there, as the prophecy foretold in Micah 5. The leadership or Rome and Israel worked together to put Messiah to death. He truly suffered and died to take away the sins of the world. Jew and Gentile killed him. Jew and Gentile are saved by him.
I have created a “Guide to Hanukkah” playlist for anyone interested in learning more about the significance of Hanukkah.
These resources will enlighten you to the true significance of Hanukkah. The playlist presents the texts of the Books of Maccabees as well as surveys and summaries of the events by multiple historical presenters.
These videos will show you that Hanukkah is not “Jewish Christmas” and the story behind it is inspiring, heroic and tragic.
I hope these words have been a blessing to you.
May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.
This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.